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Old 03-19-2014, 10:24 PM   #1
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How do I fit 255 tires on these rims?

I used to have 16" rims and ran 225 front and 245 in the rear, but with these new 18" BMW rims I don't think anything wider than 205/225 will fit.
I have a brand new set of Bridgestones, 225/255 and would love to use them.
The car is lowered with Bilsteins and can't be adjusted. The guy at the tire shop told me I can't put spacers on this type of rims. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:47 AM   #2
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What exact size (offset and width) of wheels?
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What exactly is the reasoning behind the inability to use spacers? unless I'm completely missing something, that sounds absolutely retarded.
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What exact size (offset and width) of wheels?
front: 225/40/18 and 255/35/18
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What exactly is the reasoning behind the inability to use spacers? unless I'm completely missing something, that sounds absolutely retarded.
I thought so too, apparently spacers don't fit in the center of BMW rims, that we only have holes for bolts. Doesn't make much sense.
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^ I would avoid that tire shop. You can run spacers on those wheels. You will need longer wheel bolts.

We need widths and offsets of those wheels. I don't recognize what style they are.
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^ I would avoid that tire shop. You can run spacers on those wheels. You will need longer wheel bolts.

We need widths and offsets of those wheels. I don't recognize what style they are.
It's an OEM BMW rim, style 321. 18x8 all around, offset 30.
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^ I would avoid that tire shop. You can run spacers on those wheels. You will need longer wheel bolts.
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I don't think a 255 is recommended to be installed on a wheel less than 8.5" wide wheel. You will have to step down to a 245 rear tire.
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I don't think a 255 is recommended to be installed on a wheel less than 8.5" wide wheel. You will have to step down to a 245 rear tire.
245 was no problem on my 16" before, even lowered, but now with 18" rims not being able to adjust my suspension, it seems even 245 is too wide. If I put spacers on, will it do any good? or it will only make the tire stick out the fender and look Civic-like?
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255 too wide for 8" rim, not recommended. Diameter doesn't matter OP, width does. How wide were your 16s you had before? If 8" or wider then sure you could run 245s.

Like I said it doesn't matter what the diameter is. You need to get that out of your head.
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255 too wide for 8" rim, not recommended. Diameter doesn't matter OP, width does. How wide were your 16s you had before? If 8" or wider then sure you could run 245s.

Like I said it doesn't matter what the diameter is. You need to get that out of your head.
I get it now, thx, I think they were 8 as well.
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